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Coconut Candy Balls

This Coconut Candy Balls is probably the shortest recipe, I will ever share. It’s only two ingredients, yep two how simple is that. Like most of the recipes I share it’s pretty easy to make with the exception of the temperamental sugar melting process. It’s a candy I grew up eating, my parents use to buy it for us from the street vendors, and we weren’t allow to have more than two or three at the most. It’s a popular sweet in Africa, Pacific and some Asian countries. I know its big in Liberia, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Guam.

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I wanted to share the same memory with my kids, so I decided to create a lazy version of the recipe. I said lazy because the street vendor uses real coconut and not the prepacked ones. Anyway, back to the recipe – I am not crazy about melting sugar it takes some sort of patience that I just don’t have, so this little number was a hard one for me to accomplish but it’s not because the recipe itself was hard it’s me, all me. Another issue I had was coming up with an appropriate name for this sweet ball of candy gooeyness. I was debating calling it caramelized coconut candy balls, then I thought how about candied coconut balls but that just sounded weird, however the familiarity of the name coconut candy balls feels more appropriate. Yes, I understand it’s not your typical coconut candy ball but heck it’s all I got.

Coconut Candy Balls

coconut candy balls recipe

Coconut Candy Balls
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: African
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Coconut Flakes (I used Sweetened)
Instructions
  1. Using a heavy-bottom sauce pan, melt the sugar on medium high heat until it's light brown - being careful not to burn it.
  2. Stir in coconut flakes until they are all cover in the melted sugar.
  3. Let it cool for a few minutes then scoop out and roll into a ball, it will be sticky so dip your hands in cold water to help make it easier. Another option is to scoop it into parchment paper and roll it into a ball either option works.
  4. Serve warm for a chewy coconut candy or cold for a hard candy.

 

That’s it. Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. Hope you enjoy it and please come back with feedback – positive or negative – I am a big girl, I can handle it.

Kira is the founder of the award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two daughters. 

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. robyn

    April 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Yum! I love coconut. Definitely going to be trying this recipe. I might even share some with my mother in law.

  2. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}

    April 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Those look divine!! And so easy – 2 ingredients!? Perfection.

  3. Rosie

    February 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love this idea, and they look so good! I want to try it, so easy!!

  4. Funmi

    March 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

    How did you melt the sugar? Did you have water in it?

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